The Phillies made a move Wednesday to bring a little more firepower to the club, calling up minor league first baseman Darick Hall from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. With Bryce Harper on the shelf, the team will give Hall his first crack at the big leagues.
A 14th-round draft pick in 2016, Hall had a slow and steady ascent through the Phillies’ minor league system. He spent all of last season with the Iron Pigs, working to a .741 OPS over 470 plate appearances. The 26-year-old found another gear this season, as he’s posted a terrific .894 OPS in 315 trips to the plate.
Hall’s excellent production this year put him on the radar for many fans, and it finally led to him getting a shot in the major leagues. He’ll likely see sporadic playing time in the outfield corners, perhaps platooning with lefty-killer Matt Vierling, or spelling Kyle Schwarber or Nick Castellanos.
The two other lefty bats in the Phils’ outfield are Odúbel Herrera and Mickey Moniak, each of whom has been ice cold lately. With Harper laid up for six weeks at least, Darick Hall should have a real opportunity to show what he can do in the majors, and hopefully help the Phillies stay relevant.